The National Abortion Federation touts itself as “the professional association of abortion providers in North America.”
NAF claims to have a membership of 400 abortion mills. There is a screening process to join. which abortionist Kermit Gosnell attempted in November 2009, “apparently, and astonishingly, the day after Karnamaya Mongar died,” according to a Grand Jury report released on January 20, which charged Gosnell and 9 accomplices with 8 counts of murder, including Mongar’s.
Upon receiving Gosnell’s application, an unnamed NAF evaluator assessed his Philadelphia mill, Women’s Medical Society, on December 14 and 15, 2009. According to the Grand Jury report, “It was the worst abortion clinic she had ever inspected,” and NAF denied Gosnell’s application.
But, according to the report, the NAF inspector “just never told anyone in authority about all the horrible, dangerous things she had seen.”
The Grand Jury had some words to say about the NAF inspector's testimony, and her reaction:
Based on her observations, the evaluator determined that there were far too many deficiencies at the clinic and in how it operated to even consider admitting Gosnell to NAF membership…. The evaluator told the Grand Jury that this was the first time in her experience that NAF had outright rejected a provider for membership. Usually, if a clinic is able to fix deficiencies and come into compliance with the standards, NAF will admit them. Gosnell’s clinic, however, was deemed beyond redemption.
We understand that NAF’s goal is to assist clinics to comply with its standards, not to sanction them for deficiencies. Nevertheless, we have to question why an evaluator from NAF, whose stated mission is to ensure safe, legal, and acceptable abortion care, and to promote health and justice for women, did not report Gosnell to authorities.
What I question even further, is why NAF allowed Atlantic Women’s Medical Services in Delaware to remain a member clinic, when that facility allowed Gosnell to work there two days a week -- starting abortions there and finishing them at his own clinic.
Read the Grand Jury's Report. I could in no way improve on it.